Reversal of Fortune for Westby in New Jersey
NEWS September 7, 2012
Photo by Corey Coulter
Courtesy of Team Hammer:
(September 7, 2012) - The AMA Pro Road Racing season picked back up in highly unusual fashion for M4 Suzuki's Dane Westby on Friday at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
'The Wolverine' was solid in the first AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike free practice session following the long six-week summer break. The Oklahoman was sixth best at 1:25.248 and expecting an even stronger qualifying performance.
However, Westby suffered a big crash in Turn 1 after completing just his first flying lap of the qualifying. Excited and desperate to get back to his crew so he could resume qualifying as quickly as possible, Westby attempted to ride directly back to pitlane on the grass but against the flow of traffic.
As a result, he was penalized and forced to sit out the remainder of the session. In his single lap at speed, Westby posted the 13th fastest time of the session at 1:25.672, but will have the opportunity to improve his grid position on Saturday.
"The bike was feeling really good," Westby said. "I only got one flying lap and we ended up 13th with that. I wadded it -- highsided myself in Turn 1. I probably needed to let the tires come in a little bit more. And then I rode up the pitlane on the grass to get back up to my guys -- I was pretty excited. The AMA wasn't too fond of that and I had to sit out the session.
"I had to sit out today but I'll be back tomorrow. It is what it is. It was in the heat of the moment and I was just trying to get back, but I understand where they're coming from."
Suzuki SportBikeTrackTime.com's Elena Myers registered an impressive performance in Friday's qualifying session.
Myers hustled her GSX-R600 around the 2.2-mile circuit with a best time of 1:25.752 to clock the fifth-fastest lap of AMA Pro SuperSport provisional qualifying.
M4 Suzuki's Chris Ulrich qualified his GSX-R1000 Superbike 14th fastest on Friday. The Californian threw down a 1:23.606 in QP, improving upon his free practice time by nearly a full second.
On Saturday, Westby, Myers, and Ulrich will claim their final grid positions for the NJMP doubleheader in the morning and then attack the weekend's opening races in the afternoon.
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